Aleph

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AlephIntegrated Library System by ExLibris is an integrated library system (ILSIntegrated Library System) by Ex Libris. Since 2000 the Max Planck Society and the GWDG have been running a central AlephIntegrated Library System by ExLibris server for MPIMax-Planck-Institut libraries.

The AlephIntegrated Library System by ExLibris server is currently used by 35 libraries belonging to 43 MPIs. These instances do not share a common database (no library consortia), but are quite independent in their setup. Furthermore, on the MPSMax Planck Society AlephIntegrated Library System by ExLibris server are located the central catalogue for journals (MPS Journal Index) as well as the back ends for the MPSMax Planck Society Resource Navigator (MPG.Re.Na) and the E-Books Catalogue (MPG.eBooks).

MPDLMax Planck Digital Library is responsible for overall coordination and licensing matters. Hosting, support, and central system librarians' tasks are done by GWDGGesellschaft für Wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung Göttingen. System librarians in the MPIs take care of their libraries' individual setup and, in a joint working group with GWDGGesellschaft für Wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung Göttingen, of a standardized setup for those libraries wishing their setup to be maintained centrally. Another working group develops and keeps up to date a corporate design for the Aleph OPAC.

The Aleph team is a group of MPIMax-Planck-Institut librarians and members of MPDLMax Planck Digital Library and GWDGGesellschaft für Wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung Göttingen. They meet about twice a year to discuss different topics, e.g. ongoing developments, the roll out of software upgrades and the participation of the partners in national and international AlephIntegrated Library System by ExLibris user groups.

N.B. Some of the links in this article lead to the AlephIntegrated Library System by ExLibris Wiki to which access is restricted to members of MPSMax Planck Society and GWDGGesellschaft für Wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung Göttingen. We apologize for any inconvenience.